Evacuations ordered as Mesquite Heat fire grows in Central Texas

A fast-moving wildfire grew to 5,000 acres in Taylor County, Texas on Thursday, May 19, as mandatory evacuations were issued in the area. According to official fire reports, the Mesquite Heat Fire grew to 5,000 acres and was 5 percent contained Thursday morning, after fire crews battled dry, windy conditions and “extreme fire behavior.” fire” on Wednesday, local media said. This video, captured by Allyson Money-Willis, shows clouds of smoke in the distance as he walked near her home in Abilene on Wednesday night. “You can see the smoke. Very sad.” She said, “Let’s pray for Taylor County,” she added. Credit: Allyson Dinero-Willis via Storyful

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